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How a Lawyer Can Help Your Web-Based Business

BY Rebecca | 6 June, 2015 | no comments

More and more web-based businesses are being created in the UK, but not enough have made sure that they are properly protected by seeking the services of a lawyer, particularly one with experience of the rapidly expanding world of technology. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider hiring one.

Data Protection

Web-based businesses typically need to handle data which belongs to their clients, and ensure that that data is protected. Drawing up legal contracts with all clients, staff members, and external contractors is crucial if data is to be properly safeguarded. A lawyer will make sure that you are protected from wrong-doing, provide advice to ensure that you do not mistakenly put data at risk, and draw up or check over agreements – such as non-disclosure agreements – to make sure that all information is controlled.

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Contracts

Contracts are everywhere in cyberspace, and not just those related to data protection. The rise of cloud computing and data sharing has meant that more consulting is taking place, while affiliate marketing agreements, software license agreements, and contracts with hosting providers are all things which web-based businesses may need to deal with. A lawyer with expertise in technology can ensure that those contracts fully protect their clients, and make sure that the clients themselves are aware of all the terms and conditions.

Copyrights, Trademarks, and Domains

The internet has made your business possible, but it’s also made it easy to copy. It’s now easier than ever to steal phrases, articles, trademarked images, and other protected property from your website. This is why a lawyer is needed to ensure that all the necessary measures are in place, with trademarks and copyrights registered to make sure that rights are retained.

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Even your domain may be compromised by the illegal application of metatags or advertising, and the domain name itself may become a subject of contention if it was purchased by two individuals who subsequently decide to part ways.  Agreements should be made in advance, and owners should understand exactly which domains are owned, when they will expire, and how they are renewed. A specialist lawyer can provide the necessary assistance

If you haven’t consulted a lawyer in regards to your web-based business, then there has never been a better time to do so than now.

 

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